Company B Drill Weekend at Fort Ridgley State Historic Site

FORT RIDGELY – Company B will be having a Drill Weekend at Fort Ridgely this weekend.

Company B is the original company that was stationed at Fort Ridgely in 1862. Today, reenactors recreate what a soldier’s life would have been like at the Fort.

Company B reenactors are camping at the fort for the weekend. People are invited to come out and see what life was like. There will be buglers calling reveille, There will be soldiers drilling on the Parade ground, a recruitment tent, and the New Ulm Battery.

Dan Cochran will demonstrate handmade leather work. He makes everything from saddles to wallets and will have some of his handiwork for sale.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students with I.D., and children ages 6-17.

MHS and NCHS members are admitted free. A State park vehicle sticker is required for all. Fort Ridgley State Historic Site is now open Friday through Sunday from 10-5 starting May 23rd to October 18th.

Fort Ridgely is located within the State Park, 7 miles south of Fairfax and 11 miles north of Sleepy Eye on Minnesota Highway 4.

While Fort Ridgely State Park has been closed due to flooding, the historic site is open, and all activities will be held.

Schedule for Saturday

7 a.m. – Reveille

7:45 a.m. – Break

9 a.m. – Inspection of Arms

9:30 a.m. – Manual of Arms

10-10:15 a.m. – Flag Raising

10:30-11:30 a.m. – Infantry Drill/Demo

11:45-12:30 p.m. – Artillery Drill/Demo

1:30-2:30 p.m. – Infantry Drill/Demo

2:35-3 p.m. Public Drill (come learn how to march)

3:30 p.m. – Artillery Drill/Demo

4:15 p.m. – Dress Parade; Reading of Original “Company B” Roster

5 p.m. – Retire the Flag

Schedule for Sunday

7 a.m. – Reveille

9 a.m. – Inspection of Arms

9:30 a.m. – Manual of Arms

10-10:15 a.m. – Flag Raising

10:30-11:30 a.m. – Infantry Drill/Demo

11:45-12:30 p.m. – Artillery Drill/Demo

1:30-2:30 p.m. – Infantry Drill/Demo

2:35-3 p.m. – Public Drill (come learn how to march)

3:30 p.m. – Artillery Drill/Demo

5 p.m. – Retire the Flag

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